"Whiteout conditions" appear to have caused at least 30 drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

UPDATE: We've added some images of the crash and it's aftermath below.

A massive pileup in Detroit this morning forced the shutdown of parts of Interstate 75, a crash that involved at least 30 vehicles and caused at least three deaths plus multiple injuries.

The Detroit News posted the following picture on Twitter:

The news outlet also reports:

Motorists in the area at the time of the crash described "whiteout conditions" that caused drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Fenders, glass and other debris from the crash was scattered across the highway as survivors hugged and shed tears soon afterward.

The Associated Press describes the scene:

SUVs with smashed front ends and cars with doors hanging open sat scattered across the debris-littered highway between jackknifed tractor-trailers. Motorists and passengers who were able to a get out of their vehicles huddled together on the side of the road, some visibly distraught, others looking dazed.

It is currently 24 degrees Fahrenheit in the Detroit metro, with "light snow," according to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office.

Detroit Free Press also posted this interview with a witness of the crash.


Police officers secure the area in front of a vehicle containing a fatality at a freeway accident scene involving multiple cars and semi-trucks. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)
Police officers stand in front of a vehicle containing a fatality at a freeway accident scene involving multiple cars and semi-trucks in Detroit. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

First responders and police officers shut down a freeway due to an accident involving multiple cars and semi-trucks in Detroit, (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

A police man stands near a car with a fatality. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)


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